The purpose of the Natural Music Institute(NMI) is to inspire environmental awareness and reconnection through the power of listening. NMI brings together teams of local musicians, scientists, and environmental activists to listen to threatened ecosystems and work together synergistically.  Using music as a primary tool, the teams seek to catalyze reconnection with the natural world and galvanize support for climate change action. Participants also explore the potential for change through such questions as, What new musical and scientific insights can come from listening? How can music help with grief and overwhelm of climate change? What does it mean to listen to an environment and what it needs? What kinds of action and new solutions come from this listening? 


Intimacy with the planet in its wonder and beauty, and the full depth of its meaning is what enables an integral human relationship with the planet to function.”
— Thomas Berry, The Great Work